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From the Vaults: Blank Checks Out
Les Blank tells us the favorite all of his films
"...of the cinema may have passed unnoticed by many. Les Blank, the great American documentarian, died this past Sunday..."

April 12, 2013 Screens Post by Marjorie Baumgarten

Blank's Slates
"...Les Blank..."

June 18, 1999 Screens Feature by Anne S. Lewis

A Poem Is a Naked Person
Les Blank’s doc on Leon Russell began shooting in 1972 and is finally released
"...Directed by: Les Blank...."

Aug. 7, 2015 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Wild Wheels, Over the Hedge
"...Directed by: Harrod Blank. D: K.d. Davis. As the producer and director of..."

Feb. 19, 1993 Movie Review by Pamela Bruce

Counterculture Time Capsule
Forty years later, Les Blank's Leon Russell rock doc sees the light of day
"...The late documentarian Les Blank filled a special role in American musical history...."

March 13, 2015 Screens Feature by Lars Nilsen

Scanlines
In Heaven There Is No Beer?
"...D: Les Blank..."

May 22, 1998 Screens Feature

The Texas Documentary Tour: Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins & Gap-Toothed Women
"...Directed by: Les Blank. Noted for his ethnic and regional explorations of..."

June 17, 1999 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Remembrance of Things Weird
Nancy Higgins' 'Viva Les Amis'
"...Fresh Hair), but not before I bought the Offenders' Endless Struggle and the Big Boys' Lullabies Help the Brain..."

April 29, 2005 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

An Indomitable Culture
Director Maureen Gosling talks about the Zapotec women of Juchitán and 'Blossoms of Fire,' the documentary she made about them.
"...Gosling had spent 28 years working with respected documentarian Les Blank -- on acclaimed projects like Del Mero Corazón,..."

May 4, 2001 Screens Feature by Belinda Acosta

Fears of a Clown
Austin's newest theatre company serves up the musical tale of a very famous French clown suffering an existential crisis
"...and, perhaps, a challenge to face and overcome. Far less often, change is something that is initiated from within...."

Aug. 12, 2005 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

SXSW Film Announces 2015 Lineup
Circling the Thunderdome
"...Following January’s tease of six titles, SXSW Film has unloosed its 145-film strong slate for..."

Feb. 3, 2015 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

Blossoms of Fire
"...A longtime film editor and collaborator with legendary documentarian Les Blank (Burden of Dreams), Gosling carefully weaves the interviews..."

May 4, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

The Soup Peddler Yellow-Bikes Its Way to 16 Years
David Ansel’s soup-delivery service thrives in the new Austin
"...this town who’s still crying over the lack of Les Amis and Liberty Lunch, for instance, and they’ll tell..."

Feb. 21, 2018 Food Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Tim Doyle Draws "Lost Austin" Out of the Past and Onto Your Walls
The popular artist reveals his newest prints at Parts & Labour
"...Sure, you know Tim Doyle's work. Because he did..."

Oct. 20, 2015 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

If It Ain't Bruch, Don't Fix It
Just a drummer from Iowa? Just a culinary badass? Hold his beer.
"...Jeremy Bruch: Maybe best known in these parts as..."

Dec. 21, 2017 Food Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Benefiting 'Bamako Chic'
Former Austinite Maureen Gosling needs funds to finish her latest documentary
"...Former Austinite and Les Blank collaborator Maureen Gosling will be back for a..."

Sept. 30, 2005 Screens Feature

Food-o-File
The Drafthouse draws a big-name chef; plus, V.B.W. is giving you a big gift basket of foodie news for Christmas!
"...with a five-course garlic-studded feast to accompany the famous Les Blank documentary Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers,..."

Dec. 24, 2004 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Roots of Tex-Mex Music: Chulas Fronteras & Del Mero Corazon
DVDisc
"...Corazon(Brazos) When Arhoolie Records pioneer Chris Strachwitz and filmmaker Les Blank teamed up in the mid-Seventies to document traditional..."

May 30, 2003 Music Review by Belinda Acosta

Playback: SXSW 2015: Turnt Up & Dialed Down
SXSW Music 2015 – that's a wrap
"...the citywide convergence that emanates from SXSW also transpired less dire...."

March 27, 2015 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Every Night the Trees Disappear: Werner Herzog and the Making of Heart of Glass
How to explain the genius of Werner Herzog?
"...Apart from Les Blank's comical documentary Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, all..."

May 4, 2012 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Bedside Manner: Into the Unknown (With a Slight Detour to New York)
What we're reading these days
"...not, as literary cineastes might imagine, a treatise on Les Blank's infamous film document of director Werner "Adventure Quivers..."

Feb. 6, 2012 Books Post by Marc Savlov

The Big Seedy
Werner Herzog talks about his eccentric tour de farce, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
"...every project he's ever been involved in, from the Les Blank-helmed Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe and the Herzog/Klaus..."

Dec. 11, 2009 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Bring It
'Soldier of Cinema' Werner Herzog unloads on the state of short film and the ancient Greek drama that is WWF
"...famously eaten his shoe (in a short film by Les Blank and on the losing side of a bet..."

Sept. 13, 2002 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Day Trips
Coming up this weekend ...
"...The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins, a film by Les Blank, will be shown at the Museum of Fine..."

June 25, 1999 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
Interview With Filmmaker Errol Morris
"...Morris has refused to play by the cinéma vérité rules. Forgoing the hallmarks of Sixties and Seventies documentary filmmaking..."

Nov. 14, 1997 Screens Feature by Jason Silverman

Record Reviews
"...it's evident that Hamell was much better at poking holes in the rock star facade (see Big as Life's..."

May 9, 1997 Music Review

Record Reviews: Texas Platters
"...lang sang "Constant Craving." Granted, her style is much less varied than the genre-hopping lang, but songs like "Geometry"..."

Nov. 29, 1996 Music Review

Texas Culture Bash
"...Songs of the Homeland, and followed by showings of Les Blank and Chris Strachwitz's Chulas Fronteras, Alan Govenar and..."

July 21, 1995 Music Feature

The Hour Has 22 Minutes
Pop quiz on Canada, with a SXSW 07 musical cheat sheet
"...And now for today's lesson. The capital of Canada is Ottawa, in the province..."

Feb. 23, 2007 Music Feature by Darcie Stevens

Code Name: The Cleaner
For anyone venturing to see this so-called comedy, it will be hard to remember that Cedric the Entertainer is actually funny. Or rather, he can be.
"...Directed by: Les Mayfield. Starring: Cedric the Entertainer, Lucy Liu, Nicollette Sheridan,..."

Jan. 12, 2007 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

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